Global Challenges Academy

Food Systems

Food Systems

Responding to needs in a sustainable way.

Our research in food systems is developing the innovative tools and technologies needed to:

  • tackle food security
  • prevent malnutrition
  • address pesticide and herbicide resistance
  • adapt to climate change
  • conserve water resources
  • combat land degradation

For food systems to be fit for purpose and sustainable they must transform to deliver the needs of populations that depend on them for survival. This is especially those most vulnerable to environmental challenges: climate change, drought, flooding etc.

Examples of how Newcastle University researchers in food systems are making a difference globally:

  • working with communities in low to middle income countries to co-design research and co-produce knowledge in food systems using a multi-stakeholder approach
  • preventing food waste and incorporating sustainability practices into food manufacturing
  • using renewable energy to prevent post-harvest food losses and increase agricultural productivity
  • low-input agriculture and targeted pest management using biopesticides
  • tracking nutrient supply chains for feeding cities


Our projects 

Featured projects on Food Systems:


Our partners

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Our staff

Dr Martin Cooke
Director Postgraduate Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5313

Dr Julia Cooper
Lecturer in Soil Science

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6883

Professor Robert Edwards
Head of School - Institute Director, IAFRI

Telephone: 0191 208 6869

Dr Nathan Forsythe
Research Associate

Professor Hayley Fowler
Professor of Climate Change Impacts

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7113

Professor Lynn Frewer
Professor of Food & Society

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8272

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563

Professor Alexandra Hughes
Professor of Economic Geography


Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
Research Associate in Urban Soil Science

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6928

Dr Luca Panzone
Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour

Telephone: +44 (0) 1912083594

Professor Mark Reed
Prof of Socio-Technical Innovation

Telephone: 07538082343

Professor Mark Reed
Prof of Socio-Technical Innovation

Telephone: 07538082343

Dr Gavin Stewart
Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis


Dr Wendy Wrieden
Principal Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5581

Dr Natalia Yakovleva
Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy, Programme Director for BSc (Hon) International Business Management (London Campus)

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2448


Read and download our publications:

  • Between abstract ethical discourse and the moral experience of Northern Cape farmers (2016). Environment and Planning A

    Date Published: 17 October 2016 Read more
  • Mobilizing the ethical consumer in South Africa (2015). Geoforum

    Date Published: 17 July 2017 Read more
  • Frequency of eating home cooked meals and potential benefits for diet and health: cross-sectional analysis of a population-based cohort study (2017)

    Date Published: 17 August 2017 Read more
  • A New Dryland Development Paradigm Grounded in Empirical Analysis of Dryland Systems Science (2017). Land Degradation and Development

    Date Published: 14 February 2017 Read more
  • A Place-Based Approach to Payments for Ecosystem Services (2017)

    Date Published: 12 February 2017 Read more
  • The need for formal evidence synthesis in food policy: A case study of willingness to pay (2017). Animals

    Date Published: 10 March 2017 Read more
  • Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance (2017)

    Date Published: 15 March 2017 Read more
  • Transcriptome sequencing identifies novel persistent viruses inherbicide resistant wild-grasses (2017). Scientific Reports

    Date Published: 06 February 2017 Read more